• All in the family: Foster parents provide home for area children

        Dwayne Shepherd, of Montvale, grew up in a large family that included foster and adopted children. His parents, Calvin and Martha Shepherd, had two biological children—Dwayne was one of them—and five adopted children. They also took in foster children.

        After Dwayne got married, he and his wife, Patti, were able to move into a four-bedroom house.
        “We felt God had blessed us with that extra room,” said Shepherd. “We felt we should share it.”

  • Business roundtables resume in this area

        Traci Blido, Bedford County’s new director of economic development, has resumed sponsoring business roundtables. The first of what she plans to be a quarterly event was held at Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford facility, Thursday.

        Blido presented statistics on the Bedford area. One was a list of the largest employers in Bedford County. While the top two were Bedford County Public Schools and Bedford County, the top five included TEVA Pharmaceuticals, Mail America and Georgia-Pacific.

  • Rogers steps into role as interim administrator

    Frank Rogers, who was appointed interim county administrator last week, isn’t new to the neighborhood.

        Rogers first came here as assistant county administrator in September, 2005. Prior to that, he had been special projects manager in York County. This was a catch-all position in which he managed several areas including housing and neighborhood revitalization, community services and the county’s financial unit.

  • Volunteer Fire Dept.'s may soon be able to bill insurers

    By Sherese A. Gore
    Capital News Service Writer
    Tom Wilmoth

        RICHMOND – Two bills moving through the General Assembly would authorize volunteer fire departments to charge homeowners’ insurance policies after responding to fire-related emergencies.
        One measure is House Bill 1202, sponsored by Delegate Joseph Johnson, D-Abingdon. It unanimously passed the House on Wednesday.

  • Board forces Guzi to resign

        Bedford County Administrator Kathleen Guzi announced her resignation Monday night at a special meeting called by the Board of Supervisors.

        District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson and District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard had asked that the meeting be held to discuss Guzi, according to District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington.

  • Planning Commission completes comments

    Bedford County's planning commission members finished their comments, Monday night, on the Board of Supervisors' proposed changes to the county's zoning ordinance.

  • PC looks at updated comprehensive plan

    The city of Bedford Planning Commission reappointed Lonne R. Bailey as its chair during a meeting last Thursday.
        Also reappointed as vice chair was Jaimeson English.
        No one spoke at a public hearing on adoption of the comprehensive plan, prior to a vote to readopt the plan. The commission voted to recommend approval of the updated comprehensive plan. Should reversion of the city to town status be approved—currently set to take place July 1, 2013—the town would have to adopt a new comprehensive plan.

  • Bedford PD could see significant increase in calls

        Assuming reversion goes through—currently anticipated for July 1, 2013—the Bedford Police Department could see as much as a 40 percent immediate increase in the number of calls it responds to on an annual basis.
        But there aren’t any immediate plans to add officers.

  • Supervisors look at budget needs

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors began the process of developing a new budget with a capital improvement workshop, Monday night.

  • Supervisors make appointments to Planning Commission

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors filled two vacancies on the Planning Commission when it met in regular session Monday night.
        District 7 Planning Commissioner Curtis Stephens resigned at the end of last year. Stephens said that he did this in order to allow newly elected District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker make her own choice. Parker nominated Jerry Craig to that position, with unanimous support from the other supervisors.